Sabah plans to build more affordable homes for lower income groups
KOTA KINABALU,. The Sabah government will build more low cost or affordable housing units to meet the needs of the lower income groups, including the B40 and squatters, the Sabah State Legislative Assembly was told today.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that the state Housing and Urban Development Board (LPPB) is currently implementing the construction of the housing units which are safe and conducive with funding from the state government.
He said that through the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) a total of 175 low cost housing units were built, costing RM26.42 million, while an additional 175 units will be built under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) also involving a cost of RM26.42 million.
“These houses will be sold for RM42,000 to RM47,000 per unit to the lower income group, B40 and squatters.
“Since the First Malaysia Plan, my ministry, through LPPB, has built a total of 29,218 units of low cost or affordable houses for the B40 group and below,” he said when winding up the debate on the state budget 2021.
Masidi said the state government also provided housing loans for the lower income group and B40 who were not government employees and did not own a house through the Low Income Housing Loan Scheme (SPPUGBR).
“This scheme aims to help cover the cost of building a house worth not more than RM50,000 per unit, and as at September a total of 495 units have been built, 104 units are under construction and 141 units will be built. We received 349 new applications for next year,” he said.
He also said that another housing loan scheme provided was the Longhouse Loan Scheme (SPRP) which is interest-free financing to help cover the construction cost of longhouses worth no more than RM75,000 per unit, and as at September this year, a total of 30 units of longhouses were completed.
Masidi said that the state government was also focused on meeting the demand for affordable housing from the M40 group, costing less than RM250,000.
“In the last five years, LPPB has built 5,157 affordable housing units for the M40 group in Sabah. A further 1,640 units are under construction in Papar, Tuaran and Kota Kinabalu. Another 2,085 affordable homes will be built starting next year.
“From 2019 to November this year, a total of 2,311 affordable homes with a selling price below RM250,000 were built by the private sector in the state. My ministry will strengthen efforts to facilitate the implementation of more affordable homes by the private sector,” he said.
The state assembly sitting continues tomorrow.